Antony and Cleopatra - Act 4, Scene 15 Summary & Analysis

This Study Guide consists of approximately 225 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Antony and Cleopatra.
This section contains 114 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Antony and Cleopatra Study Guide

Act 4, Scene 15 Summary

Antony dies outside the monument, and Cleopatra plans her suicide.

Act 4, Scene 15 Analysis

With Antony's death, Cleopatra realizes she has lost the qualities of glory and heroism, and the power that Antony bestowed on her. We realize that, behind the passions, she had a real appreciation of the value of Antony's love. She compares herself to a common woman or a maid, and complains that heaven has taken from her world what had made it glorious. She decides to do "what's brave, what's noble… after the high Roman fashion" (86-7). In death, she moves closer to Antony's heroic ideal, and further from the petty concerns that characterized her earlier scenes.

(read more from the Act 4, Scene 15 Summary)

This section contains 114 words
(approx. 1 page at 400 words per page)
Buy the Antony and Cleopatra Study Guide
Copyrights
Shakespeare for Students
Antony and Cleopatra from Shakespeare for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.